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BY Vince McCarty

Recently I had the privilege to travel to Cambodia where I visited Open Bible’s Lifesong Learning Center. A ministry team from First Church of the Open Bible in Des Moines, Iowa, pastored by Spencer Keroff was also visiting the Center.

We were honored to have Mike and Dara Rasavanh, Missionary Ambassadors to Thailand, and Ashley Foreman, a missionary intern from First Church, at the Lifesong Learning Center. We were blessed to have National Missionaries Ly and Sarin Mak, directors of the Center, as our wonderful hosts.

Before our arrival in Cambodia, Brother Ly told me about a pastor named Lim Sreng, a former Muslim who lived in Kampong Chhnang (four hours from the Lifesong Learning Center). Pastor Lim had started two churches in areas heavily populated by Muslims. He and Ly have known each other for six years, and the two have formed a wonderful friendship. Brother Ly knew that Lim was looking for a denomination to provide a covering, counseling, and direction.

Brother Ly, Pastor Spencer, missionary Mike Rasavanh, missionary team member Roger Cox, and I traveled to Kampong Chhnang to visit with Brother Lim. I was surprised to see about ten mosques along the way.

Once we arrived at Brother Lim’s home, he introduced us to his family and took us to the first church he had started. It was a beautiful sanctuary, church home to approximately 150 members. Brother Lim had also started another church, which has more than 200 members, in the Pursat province.

As we sat down in the church located in Kampong Chhnang, I asked Brother Lim to tell me his story. He shared that he used to be a devoted Muslim. He had studied the Koran in Arabic and tried to follow all Islam’s main religious practices. Then a missionary moved into Lim’s neighborhood and reached out to him. At that time Lim didn’t want anything to do with what he thought was a false religion of the Christians. But the missionary didn’t give up. He kept talking with Lim and sharing with him about Jesus.

When Lim got to this point in his story, he got up from his seat, walked over to the pulpit, and picked up a torn and tattered Bible, which he brought back to the group. The Bible had no cover and appeared to be held together with glue and tape.

Returning to his story, Lim said that one day the missionary gave him a Bible, which made Lim furious. He thought, “How dare he give me this book of false teachings?!”

Pastor Lim Sreng with his family after a dramatic encounter with God’s Word.

Pastor Lim Sreng with his family after a dramatic encounter with God’s Word.

Lim tried to tear the Bible in half. He tore out pages and threw the whole thing in the trash bin. The next day the trash collectors came and emptied the trash bins in front of Lim’s house. When Lim went out to throw some trash in the “emptied” bin, he couldn’t believe his eyes. The Bible was still in the bin. Lim tried to ignore it and threw his trash into the bin on top of the Bible.

Returning to his story, Lim said that one day the missionary gave him a Bible, which made Lim furious. He thought, “How dare he give me this book of false teachings?!”

A few days later the trash collectors came again and picked up the trash. Later that afternoon when Lim went to throw away more trash, once again he was shocked to see the Bible still there.

Lim had tears in his eyes as he told us that he then felt compelled to pick the Bible up. He glued and taped it back together. Once he had put the Bible back together, Lim started to read it and God’s Word gripped his heart. He couldn’t stop reading. After he had read the entire Bible in a matter of a few days, he knelt and accepted Christ as His Savior.

Brother Lim never saw the missionary again, so he was unable to thank him, but that missionary’s faithfulness paid off. Now Brother Lim shares the Gospel with his friends, family, and anyone who will listen. And he still reads that tattered Bible.

We are happy to inform you that both of the churches pastored by Brother Lim are now part of Open Bible’s ministry in Cambodia. Remember that the power of God’s Word is never ending and has no limits. Please pray for Brother Lim as he continues to witness and preach the Gospel in a dry and thirsty land.

About The Author

Vince McCarty

Vince enjoys serving the Lord in the area of his gifts and talents as he gives oversight to Open Bible’s work in 44 countries of the world. He and Lois, his wife, have been ministering in missions for over 30 years and enjoy seeing the great things God is doing through Open Bible’s missionaries, field directors, pastors, and leaders. Remember: “The Great Commission is too big for anyone to accomplish alone and too important not to try to do together.”